John P. Bilbrey
President and CEO
The Hershey Company

J.P. Bilbrey is President and Chief Executive Officer for The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery.  Bilbrey has more than 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and has been instrumental in the growth of some of the world’s largest and best-known brands.  He has broad International experience working in more than 50 countries around the world and has lived outside the U.S. in the Middle East, North America, North Africa and Asia.

Prior to his current position, Bilbrey was Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer.  In this position, he was responsible for Hershey’s day-to-day operations and global commercial activities, leading the company’s supply chain as well as geographic regions, including the U.S., the Americas, which includes Canada, Mexico, and Brazil; and Asia, which includes the Middle East and Africa.  He also led two global strategic business units (SBUs) – Chocolate and Sweets and Refreshment.

Bilbrey has also held the positions of Senior Vice President, President Hershey International, and Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America.

Bilbrey joined The Hershey Company in 2003 from Mission Foods, where he served as Senior Vice President.  Before joining Mission Foods, he was President and Chief Executive Officer m Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, Paris, France.  In this position, he was responsible for all operations of Groupe Danone’s North American water division.

Additionally, he spent 22 years at The Proctor & Gamble Company where he began his career as a Sales Representative.  He served in positions of increasing responsibility in both U.S. business as well as international assignments.

Bilbrey serves on the Board of Directors of McCormick & Company (MKC), The Hershey Company (HSY), and GMA Board of Directors & Chairman of the Government Affairs Counsel, as well as Kansas State Business Advisory Group and Vice Chairman, Encatus Worldwide.

He received his bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Kansas State University.

 
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